The Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair provides a yearly setting for middle and high school students to show off their investigative skills and creativity to compete for medals, special awards and scholarships. Students not only receive recognition for their projects but the Science Fair nurtures student interest in various scientific and engineering fields.
The fair, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the western U.S., brought together some 900 student participants from private and public schools throughout the county during its March 27-29 run at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of a core group of educators and school volunteers, parents, scientists, engineers, business and corporate leaders, including staff from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair was once again presented in fine style!
Recent large donations from forward-thinking companies such as Edison International, SpaceX, Northrup Grumman, 20 Million Minds, Crowsnest Capital LLC, Professional Engineers in California Government, the Southern California Gas Company and the generosity of 3rd District Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky allowed the fair to continue in a tight economic climate. Over 200 people around the world and in other states also made individual donations through PayPal to support the kind of project-based learning and inquiry approach needed for successful student research.
In keeping with the fair’s tradition of lavish recognition, there were scores of medals, special awards and scholarships handed out to those students whose projects were judged as the best in their category.
The sweepstakes winners and other top finishers advanced to the California State Science Fair held April 28-29, 2014 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Check out our awesome winners on our special CA State Science Fair webpage!
Our fair sent 6 happy finalists and 1 Jr. Observer to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) this year. As “host” city, our own fair created special pins reflecting the LA County Science Fair, for our students to share during the “pin party” with students from over 80 other countries.
Over 1,700 top student scientists from all over the America and the world entered the LA Convention Center for the Opening Ceremonies, each representing their state or country in grand style. Our LACSF Facebook page followed our finalists during the week’s activities and cheered them on during award ceremonies on Thursday and Friday. Six out of the 8 LA County students won awards! We are soooo proud of them! To learn more about their exploits and link to the fair site directly, go to our Intel ISEF webpage.
LA County Science Fair dates for 2015: March 26-28th
In late August, the 2014-15 Sci Fair Bulletin with information and deadlines are sent to every public and private middle and high school in Los Angeles County. This information is also posted on our website. Science instructors/site coordinators are given all the necessary information about
- how to register for the Science Fair
- project categories
- information about the judging process and
- rules of projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, tissue/cell lines, hazardous materials and microbes.
The Science Fair Committee also presents several teacher-training workshops for both new and experienced teachers. Workshop participants can learn about Science Fair procedures, rules and regulations and have questions answered by experienced Science Fair staff. A CD with PowerPoints for in-class presentation and resources for experimentation and displays is also given to each workshop participant. These PowerPoints are also available for download on our Students/Project Resources subpage.
From October to March, reminders about upcoming Science Fair deadlines are sent out via e-mail and website posts for all schools registered with the Los Angeles County Science Fair.
The Science Fair Committee holds a Pre-Approval for projects screening session for projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, tissues/cell lines, hazardous materials and microbes to make certain that these particular projects comply with Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair rules and regulations and the California Education Code. If a project is missing information from the submitted paperwork, the student is given an opportunity to revise the project/paperwork and resubmit for approval and participation in the Science Fair.
Once Science Fair projects are underway at the participating schools, Science Fair coordinators are available to teachers, parents and students to answer any questions that might arise (click on the pull-down menu for additional support pages.)
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